LDS SORT Tech Conference 2011

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the LDS Church’s SORT tech conference. Nearly 1200 people were in attendance. There were 23 concurrent tracks and I was able to present two presentations and be on a panel with other NoSQL solutions including Cassandra, CouchDB, Neo4j, Riak and MarkLogic. The panel went for 90 minutes the first half being an 5 – 10 minute introduction of each technology and the second half being a QA period. It concluded with the audience of about 250 voting in realtime for their favorite technology. MongoDB won nicely with nearly 2x the votes of the next closest technology. We received a 6 foot tall trophy. It was the biggest trophy I’ve ever received. MongoDB is the yellow piece of the pie.

It was a really fun event to attend. I was overwhelmed with the interest and excitement around MongoDB. The MongoDB talks were always standing room only with over 70 people in the first session and over 100 people in the second. The LDS church has some very interesting data challenges including the worlds largest genealogy database with billions of individuals and relationships and many more times that in documents and records. There was a lot of interest in MongoDB and it was nice to see the excitement around it.

Since the conference I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from participants via twitter and email.

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